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NUC Lists Late Profs Banjo, Bwala as Board Chair, Member 3 Years After Tenure

The National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria’s university regulatory agency, has retained the name of late Professor Ayo Banjo on its website as the Governing Board Chairman three years after his tenure expired.

Professor Banjo, a former vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan who served as the 12th Chairman of the NUC’s Board, passed on in May 2024.

The NUC has acknowledged his death in a condolence message on its website, yet has failed to update its website accordingly.

Condolence

It reads “While reacting to the news through a comment by the Acting Director, Public Affairs, NUC, Alh Haruna Lawal Ajoh, on behalf of the Acting Executive Secretary, Mr. Chris J. Maiyaki, described the death of the late sage as a great loss to the NUC and the Nigerian University System (NUS) as a whole. He said Professor Banjo would be fondly remembered as the Chairman of the 12th NUC Board between (2018-2021), who brought to bear his wisdom, intellectual prowess and candour into the management of the affairs of the Commission.”

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The NUC also displays outdated information on other governing members of the board whose tenure had expired in 2021.

The website names Professor Sunday Bwala and Hon. Ubong Etiebet as current board members.

However, the duos were appointed in 2018 for a four-year term which expired in 2021.

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While Professor Bwala died in 2021, Hon. Ubong Donald Etiebet died in 2015, even prior to his appointment into the Board in 2018.

Prof. Sunday Bwala
Prof. Sunday Bwala

Despite acknowledging the passing of Professor Banjo through a condolence message on the website, the NUC website still presents them as the current chairman and members of its Board.

“The Current Board of the National Universities Commission (NUC) was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Education on the 22nd of March 2018,” the website reads before listing their names.

Established to regulate Nigeria’s university education system, the commission is responsible for granting approval for academic programs, ensuring quality assurance, and coordinating the development of universities in Nigeria.

The NUC also recommends to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval for the establishment of new universities in Nigeria.

This discrepancy raises questions about the commission’s diligence in maintaining accurate records and communicating current information to the public.

Their continued listing suggests a significant lapse in updating the commission’s official records.

NUC Reacts

When contacted for comment on the outdated data on the website, the Director Public Affairs of the NUC, Haruna Lawal Ajo, said it was a mistake of which he takes responsibility.

“I apologise. It will be removed. It is a mistake. And I take responsibility,” he told WikkiTimes over the phone.

The NUC is expected to be topnotch in presenting accurate and timely information to effectively fulfill its mandate and support the development of Nigeria’s university education.

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